Con A. Kennedy M.V.B., M.R.C.V.S. (Practice Principal)
Con graduated from University College Dublin in 1980 and has over 35 years’ experience as a practicing veterinary surgeon. He is the practice principal here at Ratoath Veterinary Clinic, regularly serving as the attending vet at Ireland’s largest racecourses including Fairyhouse, Leopardstown, Bellewstown and Laytown. Before establishing himself as our teams leading member, Con has worked for a number of years at a clinic in Dungarvan, Co. Waterford and at a clinic in Dunderry, Co. Meath.
Con has built a well-respected reputation within the veterinary community and is a previous Senior Team Irish Eventing Veterinary Surgeon as well as a current member of BEVA, Team Vet to Irish Eventing, Show jumping and Dressage ponies and a registered FEI Veterinary Surgeon. His background serves him a wealth of experience and knowledge when it comes to respiratory surgeries and in particular, vetting horses. Con is a big sports fan and is a handyman when it comes to DIY.
Robbie Collins M.V.B
Robbie qualified from University College Dublin in 2005. After graduating he practiced as the primary small animal vet at a mixed practice in Co. Down and as a mixed practitioner at a clinic in Trim, Co. Meath, before joining our team in 2007 as one of our equine vets.
As a producer of horses and having competed at international 3 star level eventing, Robbie has an in-depth knowledge and understanding of performance problems in horses. He also has a keen interest in pre-purchase examinations, equine reproduction and sarcoid treatment, and is regularly the attending veterinary surgeon at some of Ireland’s largest racetracks including Fairyhouse, Leopardstown, Navan and Bellewstown.
Robbie lives in Trim with his wife, Victoria, and daughter, Poppy.
Colm O’Brien BV.S.C., M.R.C.V.S
Born in Tyrone, Colm studied and graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2000. After spending two years as a practicing vet at a mixed clinic in Co. Armagh, he joined Ratoath Veterinary Clinic in 2002. Colm focuses mostly on equine medicine, regularly working as the attending veterinary surgeon at some of the country’s largest horseracing events in Fairyhouse, Leopardstown and Bellewstown.
In his spare time, Colm enjoys competitive cycling and GAA. He owns a number of horses, cats and dogs at home with his wife Jacqui.
Eduardo Martinez Vetsurg.Zar
Originally from Spain, Eduardo qualified as a Veterinary Surgeon in 1993 from the University of Zaragoza. He has been working in practice for over 20 years and joined Ratoath Veterinary Clinic in 1997 as one of our equine vets. Before joining he worked at San Sebastian Racecourse in Spain for 2 years and at a stud farm in Newmarket, Suffolk. Like our other equine vets, he is frequently the attending veterinary surgeon at Fairyhouse, Leopardstown, Bellewstown and Laytown racetracks.
Radiography is an area of veterinary Eduardo is both interested and experienced in. He tends to many soft tissue injuries in sport horses and enjoys soccer when he isn’t working
Nicki Traynor R.V.N. (Head Nurse)
Nicki joined the practice in January 2008 after four years’ experience in mixed and small animal practices. Nicki qualified in 2008 from UCD with a Diploma in Veterinary Nursing.
Along with her Head Nurse duties her areas of interest are pet nutrition and in particular canine behaviour, which she is studying. In her spare time Nicki enjoys baking, which is often happily supplied to the rest of the staff. She is the proud owner of an 8yr old Jack Russell named Juno.
In 2016, Nicki was shortlisted as an IVNA Veterinary Nurse of the Year nominee
Eimear Gleeson R.V.N.
Eimear Gleeson R.V.N. – Eimear graduated from Dundalk Institute of Technology in 2017 with a B.Sc in Veterinary Nursing. She previously worked in a mixed animal practice in County Meath before joining the team. She enjoys working with small animals, with a particular interest in pet nutrition and lab work.
In her spare time, Eimear enjoys staying active, swimming and reading. She plays on her local senior ladies GAA and basketball teams. She lives at home with her Border collie named Tucker, and Pablo the cat.
Sylvia Elliott (Practice Manager)
Sylvia is the practice administrator of Ratoath Veterinary Clinic and the longest standing member of our team. She manages the daily operations that take place on both the small animal and equine side of our work, looking after appointments, call-outs, stock, finance and general correspondence. She also oversees the work that is being carried out and makes sure everything runs smoothly and efficiently for the staff and our clients.
Sylvia arranges meetings with the representatives from a number of organisations and companies that would like to work with us and is the head of staff when it comes to hiring and managing. She is an indispensable member of the team and the head chef of Ratoath Veterinary Clinic, enjoying cooking in her spare time as well as taking an interest in rugby and horseracing.
Pauline is the newest member of our team and joined the practice in 2015. She is the key assistant to Sylvia in managing the calls that come into us and has to liaise with clients on a daily basis. Pauline is responsible for much of the clerical work in the practice including typing up reports, documentation and organising invoices.
Pauline has a cat she rescued just months after she joined, called Danger, and a Labrador named Jake.